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Sabelo Mkhabela

Sabelo Mkhabela

    A fresh brew of old numbers
    A fresh brew of old numbers
    Hip-hop and jazz are like a separated parent and child. When Kendrick Lamar released his sophomore album To Pimp a Butterfly in 2015, it was a...
    Maneta wears his mind on his sleeve
    Maneta wears his mind on his sleeve
    Rofhiwa Maneta recently self-published Metanoia, his first book. It’s a collection of short stories that blur the line between fact and...
    Collab is manifestly dope
    Collab is manifestly dope
    Ghanaian rapper M.anifest is a serial collaborator. And he seems to have an obsession with South African musicians — he has collaborated with...
    How Zola's debut album forever changed kwaito
    How Zola's debut album forever changed kwaito
    Kwaito always had difficulty reinventing itself and finding its next step. In the 1990s, a slight variance of artists — TKZee, B.O.P, Mandoza,...
    Eight albums to prove Durban’s got the juice
    Eight albums to prove Durban’s got the juice
    Durban has emerged as a hub that has gifted the local and international scene with musical talent.
    Heard it on the radio: Musicians need the airwaves to make it
    Heard it on the radio: Musicians need the airwaves to make it
    Rapper Riky Rick captured media and public attention last week when he announced his departure from Mabala Noise, the controversial label to which...
    ​Tumi’s albums: from best to just okay
    ​Tumi’s albums: from best to just okay
    The self-titled album gave birth to one of his biggest radio singles, By Any Means, featuring Emtee and Yanga.
    Acceptance speech politics
    Acceptance speech politics
    When accepting his award for best single for his monster song Sidlukotini at this year’s Metro FM Music Awards ceremony, rapper Riky...
    For better or worse, SA rap has become all about the money
    For better or worse, SA rap has become all about the money
    On his 2012 hit song I Want It All, AKA raps: “I be running in the streets like a fly Hector Pieterson/ With my Adidas on/ They say the...
    Driemanskap: Speaking Xhosa to the world
    Driemanskap: Speaking Xhosa to the world
    Driemanskap signed to the accomplished indie label Native Rhythms this year in what is poised to be a turning point for the Cape Town hip hop...
    Tumi Molekane: The return of the king
    Tumi Molekane: The return of the king
    Rapper and poet Tumi Molekane’s latest album Return of the King is not just a collection of great songs, it’s an album tied...